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Tragedy Clouds Carolina Panthers’ Loss to Heavy-hearted Kansas City Chiefs

December 5th, 2012 at 12:33 AM
By Jesse Collin

Considering the circumstances, it's hard to comment on how atrocious the Carolina Panthers' defense played in Sunday's 27-21 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

By now, everyone is aware of the tragedy that struck the Chiefs organization last weekend. Early Saturday morning, linebacker Jovan Belcher murdered his girlfriend, drove to Arrowhead Stadium and then turned the gun on himself in front of several team employees, including head coach Romeo Crennel and general manager Scott Pioli.

Just a day later, the Panthers (3-9) entered nearly vacant Arrowhead to take on Kansas City (2-10) in a matchup between two of the NFL's most futile teams.

Despite this unspeakable catastrophe, Crennel's Chiefs walked out of the tunnel and played inspired football. With Brady Quinn behind center, they dominated the game in the trenches and ran an overmatched Carolina defense up and down the field all game long.

On any other Sunday, the Panthers' lackluster performance would have caused me to scream at the top of my lungs and plant my fists through the drywall.

But it just didn't feel right.

It didn't feel like a game should have been played that day.

This incident is a somber reminder that there are a lot more important things in life than just football.

For now, let's forget about football and pay our respects to the Kansas City Chiefs and all the victims of this terrible tragedy.

Tags: Carolina, Carolina Panthers, Football, Jovan Belcher, NFL, Romeo Crennel

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